May 9th, 2012
The Rane SL2 digital vinyl system comes with Serato Scratch Live, which is a full version and freely upgradable for life.
A couple of weeks ago we reviewed the Rane Sixty-One mixer, a Serato Scratch Live-compatible standalone DJ mixer and audio interface designed to let you DJ using turntables and/or CDJs but manipulating audio via serato Scratch Live software and your laptop. But what if you already have decks and a mixer, and just want to move over to digital? That’s where the Rane SL2 comes in.
(By the way, Traktor’s digital vinyl audio interfaces now comes packaged in exactly the same way as Rane’s always have, ie packaged with control vinyl as a “complete system”, and we’ll be looking at a Traktor’s digital vinyl system in a week or so. As for a native Traktor mixer like the Rane Sixty-One? Well, I for one don’t think Native Instruments will leave it too long, and Pioneer already does. We’ll be covering them in due course…)
April 23rd, 2012
The Rane Sixty-One provides a simple, professional way to get started in digital vinyl. Find out what we thought of it in our full review and video.
Serato Scratch Live (“SSL”) software has immense influence in the digital vinyl (or “DVS”) world. Digital vinyl systems use traditional DJ gear (record decks/CDJs and mixers) to control laptop software and thus digital music files. While nowadays SSL has a strong competitor in Traktor Scratch, it continues to wield a lot of power and respect – and by extension, so does Rane, Serato’s close hardware partner for Scratch Live.
As well as producing audio interfaces that allow you to use your traditional DJ mixer with Serato Scratch Live, Rane also produces digital DJ mixers that do away for the need for an audio interface. Plug two turntables into a Serato Scratch Live-enabled DJ mixer, such as the Rane Sixty-One reviewed here today, and you need no extra hardware apart from your laptop to be able to DJ using software and digital music files. Let’s take a closer look…
April 14th, 2012
The Serato Scratch Live SL2 system. With this, you can DJ on any standard record decks/CDJs and mixer set-up.
Digital DJ Tips reader Mateo writes: “I bought your DJ tutorial video course and it is working great! I’m learning a lot coupled with having a DJ mentor on board, and I’m sure I’ll be out and playing soon.
“The question I have is a very novice one. I have a NS7 and it runs with Serato ITCH, but the club I want to DJ at runs with Serato Scratch Live. I don’t intend to bring my NS7 to the club as they are all set up pretty much but I’m wondering, should I get another controller? And which ones work with Serato Scratch Live? Is there a learning curve between Scratch and ITCH?
June 30th, 2011
News & Opinion
Native Instruments just made the Traktor Kontrol S4 a more enticing proposition for controller DJs wanting scratch capability too.
Native Instruments today announced a free special offer for owners of newly registered Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ controllers, worth US$139 / €129 per user. This time-limited offer gives DJs a free scratch upgrade, consisting of a licence for Traktor Scratch Pro 2, a pair of timecode vinyls, and a pair of timecode CDs.
Available throughout July, the upgrade allows DJs to mix and scratch with timecode control via directly connected turntables or CD decks.